Eucharist

noun

Eu·​cha·​rist ˈyü-k(ə-)rəst How to pronounce Eucharist (audio)
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Christian Science : spiritual communion with God
eucharistic adjective often capitalized

Examples of Eucharist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Confirmation Catholic teens are confirmed in their faith as one of the three most important sacraments (along with baptism and the Eucharist). Jennifer O'Donnell, Parents, 8 July 2024 The focus of the congress and the pilgrimage is the Eucharist, the bread that Catholics believe becomes the literal body of Christ during the sacrament of Holy Communion. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 4 July 2024 Organizers expect potentially thousands of Catholics in southeast Wisconsin to take part in processions, Masses and other events as a national pilgrimage focused on renewing interest in the Eucharist weaves through the region. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2024 Fourth, most Protestant denominations interpret the Eucharist as a symbolic representation of Christ’s sacrifice, whereas Catholics believe the Eucharist is the real presence of Christ. Victor Gaetan, Foreign Affairs, 3 Apr. 2013 Cattani added that the altar, ambo (an elevated pulpit), baptismal font and tabernacle plinth (where the Eucharist is kept) were crafted of Carrara marble in Carrara, Italy. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2024 This album will precede Beyoncé’s Eucharist World Tour, featuring opener Pope Francis. Mads Horwath, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 Histories of eating disorders often begin with anorexia mirabilis (the holy loss of appetite), a medieval phenomenon of fasting saints who subsisted on little more than the Eucharist. Anna Shechtman, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 The consumption of the casualties, so to speak, was portrayed in that 1993 film as a form of Eucharist (a comparison made by at least one of the 16 eventual real-life survivors, in answer to their critics) and the meal as a sacrament. John Anderson, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English eukarist, from Anglo-French eukariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek, Eucharist, gratitude, from eucharistos grateful, from eu- + charizesthai to show favor, from charis favor, grace, gratitude; akin to Greek chairein to rejoice — more at yearn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Eucharist was in the 14th century

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“Eucharist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Eucharist. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Eucharist

noun
Eu·​cha·​rist ˈyü-k(ə-)rəst How to pronounce Eucharist (audio)
eucharistic adjective often capitalized
Etymology

derived from Greek eucharistia "Eucharist, gratitude," from eu- "good" and charizesthai "to show favor or gratitude"

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